Posey Tube

Bike Walk Alameda’s Haunt Your Ride and Haunt Your Stride will be held Tuesday, October 29. Participants can meet for hot cider in Franklin Park, corner of San Antonio Avenue and Morton Street, at 5:30 p.m., and the walk and ride to view the decorated homes of Alameda’s Gold Coast will begin at 6:30 p.m. Cyclists and pedestrians participating in the one-hour walk and ride are invited to decorate their bikes, helmets, backpacks, jackets and shoes, and are asked to wear bright colored clothing so they are visible; pedestrians may bring flashlights for greater visibility as well.

Welcome to this week’s edition of The Broad Brush, our two-sentence news review. Here are your headlines for the week.

At Littlejohn Park, the Ala Costa after school program can accommodate 15 youths, and the program – the only one on the Island for special needs children – has another dozen on a waiting list. The program’s executive director, Ron Halog, has been seeking a bigger space in Alameda for the past few years, but has so far come up empty.

Caltrans is preparing to make some fixes to the Posey Tube that could make commuting it a little easier for pedestrians and cyclists. But cyclists here said the work is only a small start on what needs to be done.

“Honestly, there is pretty much nothing they can do to the tube that will entice me, personally, to ride or walk through it again on a regular basis,” cyclist Cyndy Johnsen said.

Johnsen said she used to ride her bike through the tube from Oakland every day to get to a job in Marina Village. But Johnsen, now an Alameda resident, said the noise and poor air there are “just too much.”

The Bay Bridge’s temporary closure earlier this month was a minor inconvenience for most. But it was an exasperating headache for Treasure Island residents, who relied on sparse shuttle buses and ferries to transport them on and off of the island that weekend. The closure and its impacts raised a critical question for Island residents: Could all of Alameda’s bridges and the Posey and Webster tubes become impassable in an emergency, stranding Island residents?